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    Novel point-of-care tools for early infant diagnosis of HIV WHO, 2017

    Sufficient evidence has been generated on the performance of these assays in the intended field settings to support rapid national regulatory approval and initiation of scale-up. Performance was consistent between laboratory and field settings, and across countries. Further technical evaluations of these technologies are unlikely to add value, but may instead delay implementation and timely diagnoses of HIV-infected infants, a critical and vulnerable population. National regulatory agencies are encouraged to not delay adoption by conducting further evaluations, but instead adopt a rapid and streamlined registration and national approval process for immediate implementation.

     Author(s) WHO   Originally published on January 1, 2017   Posted on October 12, 2018

  • Other

    Point-of-Care Key Considerations and Toolkit Webinar

    On 15 May, 2018 UNICEF hosted a webinar to provide a broad overview of the Key Considerations Document and the HIV POC Diagnostics Toolkit and to promote coordinated dissemination of both resources amongst partners at the country level. Click the player to watch the webinar.

     Author(s) UNICEF   Originally published on June 7, 2018   Posted on June 7, 2018

  • Other

    Point-of-Care Tool Kit

    An extension of Key Considerations for Introducing New HIV Point of Care Diagnostic Technologies in National Health Systems, this Toolkit contains various practical tools and guidance to support countries as they introduce point-of-care (POC) HIV technologies into existing national diagnostic networks and laboratory systems. It provides a roadmap for countries as they seek to expand access to quality-assured HIV diagnostics and work toward achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast Track HIV targets.

     Author(s) UNICEF   Originally published on May 22, 2018   Posted on May 22, 2018

  • Guidelines

    WHO List of Essential Diagnostic Tests to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment Outcomes

    WHO has published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases. Download the list here.

     Author(s) WHO   Originally published on May 23, 2018   Posted on May 25, 2018

  • Other

    Cepheid Receives World Health Organization Pre-Qualification of Xpert HIV-1 Viral Load Test

    On July 20, 2017, Cepheid received World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification for its Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load (VL) test. The Xpert® HIV-1 VL test measures Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA in human plasma from individuals infected with HIV-1 in less than 90 minutes. Measurement of blood plasma HIV-1 RNA concentration (known as HIV viral load) using nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostic assays has been established as the standard of care in assessing HIV-positive patient prognosis and response to antiretroviral therapy. The Xpert® HIV-1 VL test is run on Cepheid’s GeneXpert System, the world’s most prevalent molecular diagnostics platform. By automating highly complex and time-consuming manual procedures, the GeneXpert allows institutions of any size to perform sophisticated genetic testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases.

     Author(s) Mr. Nqobile Ndlovu   Originally published on August 1, 2017   Posted on January 4, 2018

  • Report

    ASLM in New York to support point-of-care device scale-up efforts in Africa

    Representatives from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) came together 17-18 August 2017 in New York City, United States, to review progress to date on the implementation of a joint point-of-care project and to refine coordination mechanisms to achieve greater impact.

     Author(s) Mr. Nqobile Ndlovu   Originally published on September 6, 2017   Posted on January 4, 2018

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